A simples guide

Car manufacturers

Your car says a lot about you – from the badge on the front to the mud covered alloys and the sticky, crumb strewn back seats where the kids have left remnants of every snack they’ve ever eaten. But when it comes to choosing a car, decision-making can be hard, there are so many to choose from. And although we’d like to always base our car choice on how fast it goes or how good it looks, practicalities often come first like, tax and car insurance – yawn…

So, to get the wheels rolling we’ve put together these handy guides about lots of different car manufacturers so you can see what’s what, weigh up the pros and cons and then choose wisely.

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  • BMW insurance – one of the largest luxury car manufacturers in the world, read up about getting your own piece of luxury with the BMW 1 series or for choice of engine size and styling how about the BMW 3 series instead?


  • Chevrolet insurance – the all American car, whilst you won’t be able to buy a brand new one, you can still pick them up second hand.  
  • Chrysler insurance – another American great, Chrysler cars have become synonymous with affordable luxury.
  • Citroen insurance – affordability combined with French flair, the dinky Citroen C1 is also perfectly proportioned for city driving (and more importantly – parking).


  • Ferrari insurance – driving one of these will make you feel like a titan, but you’ll still need insurance like the rest of us mortals.
  • Fiat insurance – established in 1899, Fiat is Italy’s largest car maker, with a range of models such as the Fiat 500, there’s a Fiat to suit you.
  • Ford insurance – good old Ford, there’s probably at least one in your street, from the smallest Ford family member, the KA to big brothers Fiesta and Focus – they’re backbone of British roads.


  • Honda insurance – named the most reliable car manufacturer for nine successive years, the Civic launched in 1973 and more than 40 years later it’s still going strong.
  • Hyundai insurance – you’ll certainly get your money’s worth as all cars come with a five year unlimited mileage warranty.


  • Isuzu insurance  - Isuzu have been around since 1916 making some of the most robust vehicles on the road like buses and trucks and that manufacturing DNA can be found in their cars packing some punch under the bonnet.


  • Jaguar insurance – if you fancy a drive on the wild side, the feisty feline is back with some new and improved models.


  • Kia insurance – Hyundai’s little sister is making a name for herself and determined not to be outdone, Kia cars come with a seven year warranty.


  • Lamborghini insurance – it might well be the car of dreams, but you’ll still need to do earthly things like sort the insurance out.
  • Land Rover insurance –if you’re looking for something utilitarian and old school cool, then perhaps the Defender’s for you.
  • Lexus insurance – offering comfort and luxury the Lexus is Toyota’s posher older cousin.
  • Lotus insurance – for speed freaks and racing fans, but check out the insurance beforehand, your wallet might seize up before you can say “0-60 in 5.8 seconds.”         


  • Maserati insurance – designed for style and comfort, there’s no questioning these luxury credentials.
  • Mazda insurance – Mazda started out making three wheeled trucks but now they’re on four, we bet they’re faster than before.        
  • Mercedes insurance – luxury, style and German efficiency all in one package, there’s nothing not to love about a Merc  and the ever popular C-Class is proof of just that.
  • MG insurance – an icon of Britishness (now made in China).       
  • Mini insurance – still made in the UK, find out if the Mini’s insurance is as mini as its boot space.
  • Mitsubishi insurance – makers of the Shogun and Outlander, they also manufacture air conditioning units so at least you can keep your cool off road.


  • Nissan insurance – you definitely can with a Nissan because there’s one to suit everybody starting with the Micra.
  • Noble insurance – don’t worry if you’ve never heard of them, they launched in 1999 and make sports cars.


  • Peugeot insurance – with a wide range of models, there’s plenty to choose from – not bad for a manufacturer that started out making coffee grinders and umbrella frames.
  • Porsche insurance –gorgeous sports cars – need we say more..


  • Renault insurance – with their je ne sais quoi and va-va-voom, there’s bound to be a Renault for you, why not start with the Clio.
  • Rolls-Royce insurance – the bad news is, even though you’ve got a Roller, you still need to insure it, the good news is, you can probably get your butler to do it.
  • Rover insurance – they don’t make Rovers anymore (the four wheeled kind, not four legged) but there are still plenty around to choose from.


  • Saab insurance - if you’re after a bit of Scandinavian cool then you might want to find out how to insure it.
  • Seat insurance – no, not ‘seat’ like for sitting, but ‘say-at’. It’s Spanish.
  • Skoda insurance –the Czech practical car of choice.      
  • Smart insurance – the teeny tiny car that’s the motoring world’s answer to a contortionist – you can park it anywhere.        
  • Suzuki insurance – well known for their motorbikes, they also manufacture some speedy cars, including the aptly named Suzuki Swift.


  • Toyota insurance – forward-thinking and innovative, the car in front may be a Toyota, but you’ll still need 21st century insurance.        
  • TVR insurance – used to be called Trevcar Motors after founder Trevor Wilkinson.


  • Vauxhall insurance – manufactured in Britain, Vauxhall’s been going since the early 1900s.
  • VW insurance – Volkswagen are so popular their cars don’t even go by their full name anymore, Golf and Polo are like the car equivalents of Madonna or Kylie – why have two names when one will do?           
  • Volvo insurance – nothing says safety like a Volvo does it?

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